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The Best Backpacking in Tongariro National Park

Looking for the best backpacking in Tongariro National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Tongariro National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Tongariro National Park

  • Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

    Climb Mount Ngauruhoe

    5.0
    11.8 mi / 3805.8 ft gain
    I may be crushin' dreams, but Mount Doom isn't actually the real name of the mountain Frodo climbed to destroy the ring (sorry LOTR fans), but the actual mountain does exist and it's called Mount Ngauruhoe! Located in the Tongariro National Park of North Island, New Zealand, Mount Ngauruhoe is tr...
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  • Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

    Backpack to Tama Lakes

    5.0
    10.6 mi / 1312.3 ft gain
    The Tama Lakes trail can be walked easily as a day hike but we chose to overnight to escape the crowds (very popular hike) and fully enjoy the landscape, as well as the beautiful stars, sunrise and sunset. We walked the track in early winter (June) which I think is the prettiest time to explore t...
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  • Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

    Hike Mt. Ngauruhoe & the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    5.0
    14.9 mi / 4101.1 ft gain
    Starting at the Tongariro Crossing Alpine carpark Mangatepopo (1120 m) you walk passing by the Soda Springs (last toilet for a long time!) up to the South Crater which will take you about 2-2.5 hours. From here you can take a side trip to Mount Ngauruhoe summit (2287 m) which will take you about ...
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  • Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

    Backpack the Tongariro Northern Circuit

    5.0
    26.7 mi
    Most people visiting Togariro National park do the 1 day Alpine Crossing. I opted to do the full circuit, a 27 mile hike that takes you all the way around the prominent summit of Mt. Ngaroe.I traveled the trail clockwise, leaving from Whakapapa Village and heading to Waihohonu Hut on the first da...
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